Alexa Tavarez

Over 2,500 classified presidential daily briefs released from LBJ, JFK presidencies

The Central Intelligence Agency released over 2,500 highly classified daily briefs from the Johnson and Kennedy presidency Wednesday.

CIA Director John Brennan and other top national intelligence officials gathered at the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas to release the collection of day-to-day summaries of intelligence and analysis. The presidential daily briefs (PDBs) addressed the national security issues from 1961-1969 under Texas State alumnus Lyndon B. Johnson’s and John F. Kennedy’s presidential terms.

“It is all here with the story of our time, with the bark off, ” Brennan said, quoting Johnson himself.

City council candidate Stephen Herrera drops out of Place 5 race

San Marcos High School teacher Stephen Herrera publically announced Sunday his withdrawal from city council elections.

Herrera said he “hit a brick wall” during his campaign after hearing feedback from some constituents. Herrera said some citizens thought he only joined the race to split the Hispanic vote between himself and opponent, Frank T. Arredondo.

“I don’t have the political support behind me to defend myself against that and simultaneously be the best teacher I can be,” Herrera said.

Herrera said his opponents, Arredondo and Scott Gregson, are prominent members in the community. Both opponents have an extensive resume of credentials for the open seat on the council, he said.

Q&A with Frank T. Arredondo, Place 5 city council candidate

San Marcos City Council elections are quickly approaching. The University Star sat down with Place 5 candidate Frank T. Arredondo to discuss his campaign.

Born: November 28, 1946, San Marcos, Texas

Occupation: Retired

Education: B.B.A. Southwest Texas University, attended Executive School of Management at San Diego University


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Frank T. Arredondo: Here in San Marcos. I was born here. I love the community. I’ve given a lot of community service to it.

AT: Why did you decide to run for public office?

Place 5 city council candidate hosts campaign kickoff

Place 5 city council candidate Frank T. Arredondo kicked off his campaign Thursday night at Cuauhtemoc Hall.

In his stump speech, Arredondo said the devastation the Memorial Day weekend floods brought upon San Marcos residents was the tipping point in his decision to run for city council. Arredondo was a flood victim himself back in 1970 and 1972.

“I once was a resident of Blanco Gardens,” Arredondo said. “I know the anguish of being in the flood, the anguish of rainclouds forming and falling again multiple days on end.”

Q&A with Scott Gregson, Place 5 city council candidate

San Marcos City Council elections are quickly approaching. The University Star sat down with Place 5 candidate Scott Gregson to discuss his campaign.

Born: August 9, 1956, Garrison, Texas

Occupation: Downtown business owner

Education: B.A. in Finance and Administration at Texas A&M, M.B.A. in Business from Harvard School of Business

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Stage 2 drought restrictions return

University officials are asking students to conserve water after the Edwards Aquifer Authority reinstated Stage 2 drought restrictions today.

Under Stage 2 restrictions, the university is required to reduce their water consumption by 30 percent of the total amount allotted annually for use, according to a press release from university facilities management.

Gordon Green, director of Facilities Management, said in the press release that students and faculty should report any water leaks immediately to facilities management. 

Q&A with Melissa Derrick, Place 6 city council candidate

San Marcos City Council elections are quickly approaching. The University Star sat down with Place 6 candidate, Melissa Derrick to discuss her campaign.


Born: August 9, 1967, Morgantown, West Virginia

Occupation: Administrative assistant for the Center of International Studies at Texas State University, Co-owner of San Marcos Computers

Education: B.A. in Journalism from then-called Southwest Texas University


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Lone Star Santas deliver smiles, toys to families of flood victims

A group of Santas, Mrs. Clauses and hard-working elves delivered Christmas in July last weekend to the families affected by the Memorial Day weekend floods.

Lone Star Santas, a nonprofit organization specializing in spreading “love, hope and joy,” provided disaster relief in the form of toys at the Centro Hispano de San Marcos Aug. 15. Several children accompanied by their own personal Santa, Mrs. Claus or elf toured a room filled with toys until they found the right one to take back home—or, in the case of the Ford family, back to temporary housing.

Martin Ford and his family of four were evacuated from their home on River Road and have yet to return to permanent housing. The Ford family has set up a temporary housing at a bed and breakfast they cannot afford.

SMPD on the search for missing disabled woman

San Marcos Police are searching for a disabled woman who went missing 10 days ago.

Melody Renfro, 30, was last seen around noon Aug. 8 at her job in the San Marcos Prime Outlets at Taco Bell. According to an Aug. 18 city press release, Renfro is diagnosed with an intellectual disability.

Police said Renfro told her manager she was leaving to attend to a family emergency however her family has not been able to reach her by phone since she went missing. Renfro’s family said in the press release that she has run off before but has never disappeared for more than a couple of hours.

Her family believes there is a possibility she may have ran off with her ex-boyfriend in San Antonio, according to police.

LBJ Museum, Political Science Department celebrate 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Esteemed guests and citizens joined the LBJ Museum and the Texas State Department of Political Science August 7 in commemorating the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The act expanded the right to vote federally and eradicated state procedures withholding voting rights from minorities. The 1965 legislation was among many monumental bills signed into law by former president and Texas State alumni, Lyndon B. Johnson.


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